“The FBI has not found any evidence the servers were compromised,” the official told CNN and other media outlets Wednesday.
In one tweet, the President also made light of Russia’s attacks on the 2016 US election.
“Report just out: ‘China hacked Hillary Clinton’s private Email Server.’ Are they sure it wasn’t Russia (just kidding!)? What are the odds that the FBI and DOJ are right on top of this? Actually, a very big story. Much classified information!” Trump wrote Tuesday night.
CNN has reached out to the White House and National Security Council for comment.
The FBI’s statement to all media directly disputing Trump’s claim was a rare move that did not go unnoticed by former law enforcement officials.
“As chief executive, the President has access to every piece of classified information in the holdings of the US government,” said Josh Campbell, a CNN analyst and former FBI Supervisory Special Agent. “In the amount of time it took him to draft a tweet spreading unsubstantiated rumor and innuendo, he could have picked up the phone and gotten the actual story from the agency heads who report to him.”
The Chinese foreign ministry responded on Wednesday to Trump’s claim, saying it opposes “all forms of cyberattacks” and that “China is a champion of cybersecurity.”
During a daily press conference in Beijing on Wednesday, China’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs spokesperson, Hua Chunying, told reporters that the accusations were “nothing new” and that the “cyber issue is a global one” that “needs to be addressed by all countries.”
“It was a serious concern of ours for reasons I can’t get into. But we never found the evidence that — technical indicators — that there was penetration by an adversary of that system,” Comey said when asked about China or others reading Clinton’s emails.
CNN’s Jeremy Diamond, Tim Schwarz, Noah Gray, Steve Brusk and Mary Kay Mallonee contributed to this report.